Why Conserve

A member of the Conservation Scotland community

About Why Conserve

Increasing public engagement in biodiversity issues via online communications.

Why Conserve is an online hub and communications channel led by Nathan Roberts in West Lothian, Scotland. The initiative is developing a growing network of individuals, groups and organisations across the UK and beyond to connect people with the means, motives and opportunities for increasing positive actions for the environment through one-off events and everyday lifestyle habits to address local and global biodiversity issues.

Are you in Scotland? So are we! :) Take a look at conservationscotland.uk, get events and news sent to your email, or if you are a group or organisation, add your own! Email enquiries@whyconserve.com.

If you are not in Scotland, drop us an email if you'd like to get something going... nathan@whyconserve.com

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Welcoming New Member to Conservation Scotland: British Dragonfly Society

Hello,

We are pleased to welcome a new member to Conservation Scotland:

British Dragonfly Society: The British Dragonfly Society (BDS) was founded in 1983 by a small group of dragonfly enthusiasts and scientists. They have three main aims: Carry out and support research on dragonflies; Conserve dragonflies; Engage the public with dragonflies and their wetland habitats.

You can read more about them in the Directory and see their events in the calendar. Sign up to the community email at www.conservationscotland.uk and receive a weekly calendar of what's going on in Scotland that is free, open to all, and good for nature!

Welcome to the Conservation Scotland community!

Have a good day,

Nathan

Founder, Conservation Scotland

Welcoming New Member to Conservation Scotland: Sea Fans

Hello,

We are pleased to welcome a new member to Conservation Scotland:

Sea Fans.

You can read more about them in the Directory and see their events in the calendar. Sign up to the community email at www.conservationscotland.uk and receive a weekly calendar of what's going on in Scotland that is free, open to all, and good for nature!

Welcome to the Conservation Scotland community!

Have a good day,

Nathan

Founder, Conservation Scotland

Butterfly Conservation: Scottish Recorders' Gathering 2020, Perth and Kinross!

Posted on behalf of Butterfly Conservation
Our annual Scottish Recorders' Gathering for everyone interested in recording our butterflies and moths will be held at Battleby Conference Centre by Perth on Saturday, 14th March 2020.

Details: https://butterfly-conservation.org/events/scottish-recorders-gathering-2020
When
14 Mar 2020 at 9:45am
until 14 Mar 2020 at 4:45pm
Where
Battleby Conference Centre
Redgorton
Perth and Kiross
PH1 3EW

Kirkconnell Flow Bog Squad Volunteer Work Party, Dumfries and Galloway! *Please contact David Hill.

Posted on behalf of Butterfly Conservation
Saturday 2nd November – Scrub clearance at Kirkconnell Flow (near Dumfries)

The Bog Squad will be removing invasive scrub at Kirkconnell Flow near Dumfries in order to protect it's valuable peatland habitat. If left to grow invasive scrub will take water away from the moss which threatens the specialised flora and fauna that lives there.

The Flow is one of the largest lowland bogs in southern Scotland surrounded by a beautiful pine forest and is home many rare invertebrates such as the increasingly scarce Large Heath and Green Hairstreak butterflies.

The work suits all abilities, but you need a steady footing as we will be working on and walking across challenging, uneven and boggy terrain.

Start: 10am at Kirkconnell Flow (We'll give you directions)

Finish: 3pm at Kirkconnell Flow

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Bring: Water, lunch (hot drink?), wellies or sturdy waterproof walking boots and work clothes - including waterproofs. Be prepared for cold conditions and bring warm hat, fleece etc..and a sense of humour!

Please let us know you're coming by contacting David Hill on: dhill@butterfly-conservation.org or 01786 459813

Details: https://butterfly-conservation.org/events/scotland-kirkconnell-flow-bog-squad-volunteer-work-party-1
When
02 Nov 2019 at 10:00am
until 02 Nov 2019 at 3:00pm
Where
Kirkconnell Flow
(near Dumfries)
Dumfries and Galloway

Save Our Beautiful Snout Volunteer Work Party, near Stirling! *Transport available - please contact David Hill.

Posted on behalf of Butterfly Conservation
The Beautiful Snout moth was first discovered in Scotland in 2013 at Dun Dubh Wood near Loch Ard, Aberfoyle by a passing visitor. It has now been found at two other sites nearby. The wood is an old oak wood with a long-established undergrowth of Blaeberry/Bilberry, the moth’s larval food plant. The sheltered ancient Blaeberry is considered a crucial requirement in the moth’s ecology. The Blaeberry undergrowth is being crowded out by rhododendrons and conifers which need to be removed. Southwest Scotland branch volunteers have steadily been working to remove these invasive species over the last few winters, but there is still much to do. The cut rhododendrons and conifers will be burnt on site.

Wellies (or stout working boots) together with warm waterproof clothing are needed and a packed lunch and drink if you require. Cake and biscuits will be provided!

Meet at the far end of public car park at Aberfoyle at 10.00am, but please contact David Hill at dhill@butterfly-conservation.org or on 01786 459813 to book on. Transport to Aberfoyle may be available from Stirling and potentially elsewhere – please ask if required.

Details: https://butterfly-conservation.org/events/scotland-save-our-beautiful-snout-volunteer-work-party-0
When
20 Oct 2019 at 10:00am
until 20 Oct 2019 at 3:00pm

Wester Moss Bog Squad Volunteer Work Party, near Stirling! *Transport available - please contact David Hill.

Posted on behalf of Butterfly Conservation
The Bog Squad will be clearing pine and birch scrub at Wester Moss in order to protect it's valuable peatland habitat.

Invasive scrub if left to grow will take vital water resources away from the bog which threatens the specialised flora and fauna that live there such as the Large Heath butterfly. We’ll be using tools such as loppers, saws and mini mattocks to remove the scrub.

Wester Moss SSSI is a small lowland bog located by the village of Fallin near Stirling.

Transport to the site is available from our Stirling Office (and occasionally pick-ups can be arranged for places en-route) - please get in touch to arrange this.

Start: 10am at Wester Moss (We'll give you directions and information)

Finish: 3pm

Please bring: Water, lunch, wellies or sturdy waterproof walking boots and work clothes - including waterproofs. Be prepared for cold conditions and bring a warm hat, fleece etc..and a sense of humour!

Please let us know you're coming by contacting David Hill on dhill@butterfly-conservation.org or 01786 459813

This work is kindly supported by the SNH-led Peatland Action Fund

Details: https://butterfly-conservation.org/events/scotland-wester-moss-bog-squad-volunteer-work-party-0
When
12 Oct 2019 at 10:00am
until 12 Oct 2019 at 3:00pm
Where
Wester Moss
Fallin (near Stirling)

Moth Night at St. Cyrus, Aberdeenshire! *Free - booking required.

Posted on behalf of Butterfly Conservation
MOTH NIGHT AT ST. CYRUS

St. Cyrus National Nature Reserve is home to a huge variety of butterflies and moths, but many people miss the moths that fly at night. On the weekend of national Moth Night 2019, join local experts to discover the amazing diversity of moths and listen out for night hunters including owls and bats with a bat detector! Event organised with Scottish Natural Heritage. Suitable for age 5+; under 18's must be accompanied.

Booking essential, donations welcome. 6.30pm - late.

MEET: St. Cyrus NNR Visitor Centre, The Old Lifeboat Station, St. Cyrus DD10 0AQ

CONTACT: St. Cyrus NNR Manager on 01674 830736

Details: https://butterfly-conservation.org/events/east-scotland-moth-night-at-st-cyrus
When
28 Sep 2019 at 6:30pm
until 28 Sep 2019 at 10:30pm
Where
St. Cyrus National Nature Reserve
The Old Lifeboat Station, St. Cyrus
Aberdeenshire
DD10 0AQ

A Wild Night Out at Seaton Park, Aberdeen! *Free - booking required.

Posted on behalf of Butterfly Conservation
On the weekend of national Moth Night 2019, enter the mysterious world of night creatures!

This will include setting up sugar and light traps to attract moths – which we will release unharmed after identification - and using detectors to pick up ultrasound of hunting bats. Ideal for adults & older children; under 16’s must be accompanied.

Bring warm clothing, stout footwear, sunglasses/wide-brimmed hat (to shield eyes from bright moth trap light), midge repellent & torch. Event organised with Aberdeen City Council & Aberdeenshire Council Ranger Services. Booking essential, donations welcome.

MEET: Seaton Park car park, Don Street, Aberdeen AB24 1XS

CONTACT: Book online or for queries phone Aberdeen City Council Rangers on 01224 326429. 6.30pm - late.

Details: https://butterfly-conservation.org/events/east-scotland-a-wild-night-out-at-seaton-park
When
28 Sep 2019 at 6:30pm
until 28 Sep 2019 at 10:30pm
Where
Seaton Park
Don Street
Aberdeen
AB24 1XS

Welcoming New Member to Conservation Scotland: Game & Wildlife Conservation Trust Scotland

Hello,

We are pleased to welcome a new member to Conservation Scotland:

Game & Wildlife Conservation Trust Scotland.

You can read more about them in the Directory and see their events in the calendar. Sign up to the community email at www.conservationscotland.uk and receive a weekly calendar of what's going on in Scotland that is free, open to all, and good for nature!

Welcome to the Conservation Scotland community!

Have a good day,

Nathan

Founder, Conservation Scotland

GREAT BRITISH BEACH CLEAN: Beach clean in Aberdeen!

Posted on behalf of Marine Conservation Society
Donmouth - Beachwatch event 16 Nov 2019

Get involved To join us on this beach clean, please first register as a volunteer. You will then be able to sign up to this event on this page to let us know that you will be coming.

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Beach:

Donmouth

Date & time:

Saturday, 16 November 2019 - 10:00am

Meeting location:

Donmouth North side, public car park

Details: https://www.mcsuk.org/beachwatch/beach/donmouth/event/2019-11-16
When
16 Nov 2019 at 10:00am
until 16 Nov 2019
Where
Donmouth

Aberdeen